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RATIONAL CONSTRUCTION OF FURNACES
time lowering the waste gas outlet to the level of the bottom of the
gas chamber where it will remove the coolest gases in the setting.
Fig. 81 shows a two-drum cylindrical boiler (Hutte). In this
setting, those baffles which are built up from the bottom of the
setting are entirely useless and may be removed. This setting
will be better if built as shown in Fig. 82.
These three examples will serve to show very clearly the man-
ner in which boiler settings may be greatly simplified. Never-
theless, it is well known that commercial boilers, particularly
those designed for use upon ships, such as the Belleville, Niclausse,
Yarrow, etc, are designed to work upon the updraft principle.
This is a serious error, as it violates the law of gaseous flow, and
as a result there is poor vaporization and a reduction in the
efficiency of the application of the heat.
VH. CHAMBER FURNACES, BRICK AND POTTERY KILNS
Barely thirty years ago, direct or updraft kilns were practically
the only kind used in the brick and pottery plants. At present
their use is decreasing and there is a strong preference for the
It may be said that the direct or updraft kilns which are still
in service are the last traces of these kilns in this industry. At
the same time it is very curious to note that the firm, of Ernest
Schmatolla, t1) which is engaged almost exclusively in the con-
struction of brick and pottery-kilns, in a book published by them,
devote almost the entire volume to a description of the old updraft
kilns, and make no mention of the downdraft kiln beyond the
brief statement that these kilns generally give better results than
the updraft kiln.
(1) Ernest Schmatolla, Die Brennofen, 1903.